I've completely installed Cygwin and everything (took like 4 hours to install all those packages). After double clicking it I got a black window filled with white text: a prompt string containing my machine's name followed by my user name....
Where can I learn how to use bash? I can't even use the windows command line :(
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I download 10GB worth of files, and all I got was a black screen with white text... I don't understand why Unix is so revered :(.
The Practical Unix at http://openclassroom.stanford.edu/MainFolder/HomePage.php may be helpful.
Unix is revered because we frequently do things in a couple of minutes and then get to watch Windows people spend hours doing the same task! And rebooting a couple of times too!
The three commands that I emphasize to Unix newbies are: man, more and file.
man is the command to display the man[ual] page about a command. For more info, you can do: man man
more is a pager command. If you want to view a file one screen (page) at a time, you can use more. BTW, more was copied by DOS.
file will tell you what type of file a file is. Trying to use more on an executable file gives interesting output, and can goof up your shell so you have to launch a new one.
As you have questions, ask them. I for one, like to convert people from Windows.